You may ask, “How do I empty my mind when there is so much going on in my life?” Some of you may be struggling with spiritual issues, relationship issues or financial issues. If you try really hard not to think about your relationship problems, you will inevitably think
about your relationship problems. In other words, if you keep telling yourself, “I am not going to imagine a pink elephant, I am not going to imagine a pink elephant...”, you
automatically begin to imagine a pink elephant! You
stop thinking about something by telling yourself that you will not think about it!
The very act of trying to not think about something breathes life into the existence of the thought that you don’t want to think about. So what can you do? You can
consciously, intentionally and meticulously
shift your thoughts to more positive thoughts. This takes practice, but it is worth learning.
Let’s define a positive thought: Positive can be interpreted as something that is “pleasing”, “without negative features”, “uplifting”, or “good.” Each one of us have thoughts that are pleasing. Maybe it is the first time that you held your newborn baby, the first time you saw a beautiful sunset, the day your lover proposed, the day that you were baptized or one of your birthdays. It does not matter what the positive thought is, it simply has to be something that makes YOU FEEL GOOD.
Let’s continue. Now that you know what a positive thought is, you can use this technique to alleviate stress, to focus, to calm yourself or to prepare for meditation.
SIX ESSENTIAL STEPS:
1. Find a quiet place to sit or lay comfortably, but do not position yourself in the fetal position. This might cause you to fall asleep. Try sitting in a chair or laying on your back with the palms of your hands facing down on your thighs. (I usually put headphones on and listen to ocean sounds or classical music to drown out background noise).